Building connections: supporting the mental health of construction workers

The Turner Institute recently collaborated with the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) to deliver an online webinar as part of a broader strategy to assist and support construction businesses, their owners and managers to build mentally healthy workplaces.

Construction siteThe Turner Institute recently collaborated with the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) to deliver an online webinar as part of a broader strategy to assist and support construction businesses, their owners and managers to build mentally healthy workplaces.

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Victoria is the peak body for the Victorian construction and infrastructure industry. They provide training, support, advice and advocacy for members. In Victoria, CCF Membership comprises in excess of 400 contractors and 120 associate members who build in excess of $11bn of Victoria’s public and private civil construction annually.

Facilitated by Madeleine McManus OAM, Director Industry Engagement for the Faculty of Engineering and Founding Director Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI), the online forum was held on 6 August. The Turner Institute's Professor Shantha Rajaratnam and Dr Kylie King were joined by CCF’s Adrian Panozzo, to discuss the work they are doing to prevent work-related stress and burn-out, and improve mental health outcomes for young workers and senior professionals in the construction industry.

CCF Victoria's current strategic priority to support organisations to implement workplace mental health plans aligns closely with the Turner’s capacity in workplace mental health and sleep interventions. A preliminary project has been designed in collaboration with CCF, who are supporting stakeholder engagement to obtain industry support, and financial backing, for the project and the broader translational work. The potential to use sleep interventions to improve mental health outcomes in construction settings was clearly recognised.

The relationship between CCF and the Turner Institute provides a significant opportunity to support and grow the relevance and reach of our research, and to deliver meaningful impact within a burgeoning industry.